How many rights do you have? You should check, because it might not be as many as you think. Some people are not concerned that the police can execute a search warrant without knocking, set up roadblocks, and interrogate innocent citizens. Nor are they concerned when a drug dealer receives a life sentence for selling a quarter gram of cocaine for $20 (Bailey). When you combine current events with the widespread need of people to fit into society, we should all be concerned. The Bill of Rights, when written, established and protected our personal freedoms from government interference. For centuries, governments have tried to regulate information thought to be inappropriate or offensive. Today's technology has given the government an excuse to interfere with free speech. By claiming that radio frequencies are a limited resource, the government tells broadcasters what to say and what not to say. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) carefully monitors news, public, and local programming for what they consider obscenity (Hyland). As in speech, technology has provided another excuse for government intrusion in the press. The Secret Service can confiscate computers, printers, hard disks, and mail from electronic services they do not consider a press. Entire stores of books and videotapes are seized because of sexually explicit material. The Bill of Rights and the First Amendment exists to protect speech and press that is unpopular. "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression (Steele)." If unpopular ideas did not exist, we would not need the First Amendment. The right to bear arms is so commonly challenged that it has its own name: gun control. Banning weapons not for "legitimate" sporting purposes is a misuse of the right to bear arms amendment. "If the need for defense arises, it will not be herds of deer that threaten our security, but humans (Steele)." It is an unfortunate fact that the guns we need for defense are guns that attack people...
...will eventually concede and start actually paying attention to it for some “entertainment”. I eventually kept saying the same thing to myself; “This part of the city, this hotel, and those robbers would be all in better conditions not just economically but generally, if our elected officials (at the state and federal levels) didn’t always spend their time arguing or campaigning, but actually trying to work together to make life better for the citizens of the United States” (REWORD).
The more I developed opinions, the more I really looked forward to working shifts there -- it was a place to sit down and watch the news, once a week. To get involved in the government, through knowledge and awareness.
By June 2012, the hotel was set to be shut down and demolished by the state in pursuit of a massive highway reconstruction project on US-31. Walking out of the doors for the last time in 8 years, the doors I smeared my fingerprints on as a hyper 7 year old and cleaned as a 14 year old, I was set on what I wanted to do as an adult -- public service, in the government. I want to serve one day as a representative of the people, one that focuses in the end on addressing the issue and compromising, for the sake of our future.
A friend of mine at school, whose political views I share, suggested that I start a CHS Young Democrats club. I consider myself a Democrat -- but I saw that club as the last thing I would ever...
...of measurement, comparison, improvement,
continuity, and learning in the effort to gain sustainable competitive advantage.
Benchmarking in demand
In the 1980s and 1990s, benchmarking became a widespread tool among ﬁrms. In the
early 1990s, 65 percent of the Fortune 1000 organizations used benchmarking as a
management tool to gain competitive advantage (Foster, 1992). Benchmarking has
gained such wide popularity in France that 50 percent of the French 1000 companies
used benchmarking regularly, and 80 percent of them regarded it as an effective tool of
change (Maire et al., 2005). Benchmarking also permeated most sectors of industry
such as manufacturing, healthcare services, insurance, ﬁnancial services,
construction, banking, government, airport services, and education (Luu et al., 2008;
Henderson-Smart et al., 2006; Graham, 2005; Jarrar and Zairi, 2001; Ball et al., 2000).
In 1999, more than 70 percent of managers worldwide used four management tools
in descending order of use: strategic planning, mission and vision statements,
benchmarking, and customer satisfaction measurement (Rigby, 2001).
Although Xerox is regarded as the ﬁrst ﬁrm in the USA to have used benchmarking
in its business, over two decades, Japanese ﬁrms made extensive use of benchmarking as
a strategic tool to enable them to rapidly catch up with the world’s best ﬁrms
(Ohinata, 1994). The goals of benchmarking are to build competitive capabilities in
terms of technology,...
...Does Gun Control Infringe On a Persons Constitutional Rights
April 25, 2010
Does Gun Control Infringe On a Persons Constitutional Rights
The right to bear arms has become a very controversial subject in the United States of America. Entangled with this, one of the most controversial papers in the history of the United States starts with, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union.” The preamble to the Constitution clearly begins its premise by declaring it is speaking on behalf of the people. It does not start out “We the government.” Therefore, is it not logical everything that follows in the Constitution protects the rights of “all” people. The word militia is also a problem area for many, but when the forefathers wrote the Constitution, the militia consisted of everyday people who were not ruled by the government. Even the courts have decided in favor of an individual’s Constitutional right to bear arms. No matter how anyone wishes to approach it, gun control laws are designed to infringe upon an individual’s Constitutional right to bear arms.
Gun control advocates believe that the Constitution does not protect an individuals’ right to bear arms. Many people believe the second...
...Pro Gun Control Debate: OurRight to Safety
Many arguments for and against gun control in our country revolve around the second amendment. Unfortunately the majority of those arguments are based on an individual’s perception of what the second amendment means. The second amendment was adopted into the United States Bill of Rights in 1791, which was 222 years ago. The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (National Archives and Records Administration). In that span of 222 years there have been many court cases and adjustments to the second amendment, some of those changes have remained and some have been overturned.
Recently President Barack Obama proposed changes regarding gun control, which according to U.S. News included:
Obama encouraged Congress to pass legislation which, among other things, would increase background check protocols; ban assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition, and armor-piercing bullets; and provide more funding for additional police officers on the street, first responder training, mental health programs, and school emergency plans. The president also announced executive measures to make data relevant to background checks more available; to nominate a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives...
DoesGovernment Need to Grow ?
The premise of this article is to address whether or not the government needs to grow. In order to find a valid answer to this question, the author goes through different situations that have arisen surrounding government growth. This historical perspective is provided in order to educate the reader as to what has happened thus far. The article tells of different conclusions made by the collecting and analyzing of data. In connection to this data, two separate theories on the government’s relationship with the economy are described.
In a quote of Thomas Jefferson introduced at the start of the article: “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground”
In other words he means that eventually personal liberties will decrease to make way for a stronger federal government. The author states that little has proved for Jefferson’s view to be false.
One of the theories presented shows that as economies grow, government spending tends to rise even faster. This suggests that larger governments cause for the economy to grow. The next theory presented counters this idea, reasoning that countries having larger economies are naturally able to afford larger governments as well.
The government spends a very large amount of money on social programs. According to the article,...
...To what extent does the EU control parliamentary functions. (25)
The European Union was established from EEC as a political and economic organisation through the “Treaty of Rome” in 1957. Currently there are 28 member countries in the EU and the UK Parliament passed the “European communities” Act in 1972 enabling UK to join the European Union in 1973. There are several institutions in the EU which all have separate functions which coincide with the functions of UK parliament. There are some areas of government which remain unaffected by the membership of the EU; however some policies are deeply affected. The EU membership has had a great effect of the UK constitution and the parliamentary functions.
A significant function of the UK parliament is being the highest legislative authority which is legally sovereign. This is due to “Parliamentary sovereignty” which ensures that parliament has the power to make and unmake binding laws; determine the nature of the constitution; and grant ultimate powers to individuals or other bodies. However it is argued that legal sovereignty only lies with the UK parliament except when it has conceded some powers to the EU in which case there is a situation of pooled sovereignty. Many eurosceptics in both the Labour and the Conservative party believe that the UK being a member state of the EU has led to the erosion of parliamentary sovereignty as large amounts of legislative power has moved to...
...Censorship of the Internet and the Tyranny of OurGovernment
"To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for
whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views also deprives
others of the right to listen to those views," said Oliver Wendell Holmes,
Jr(Censorship and the U.S. Government 1). I completely agree with Mr. Holmes,
and when the question of censoring the Internet arises, I cringe. Governing the
Internet dominates many debates, censorship leading the fight. The Internet is
the largest and most accessible form of mass media available today. It allows
anyone with a few simple tools to consume, and produce, information and ideas to
hundreds of people at a practically non-existent cost. Numerous factors
indicate censorship of this force is not possible, and not the government's
place. It should be left up to the users to decide what is broadcast. Most
importantly, censorship of the Internet impairs the expression of ideas and
infringes against the First Amendment of the Constitution.
First of all, censoring the Internet as a whole is not possible, so why
even try? Cyberspace is the most decentralized form of communication today
making policing the Internet a virtually futile task. Unlike television or
radio, the Internet consists of thousands of individual computers and networks,
with thousands of speakers, information providers and information users,...
...Japan every other year. "Japan - described as having the strictest controls in the world - bans private possession of firearms except by people who need them for official duties or by licensed hunters, shooters, athletes, dealers or collectors." (Stencel pg. 164). Walking in a large downtown area of Tokyo in the middle of the night feels very different from walking in downtown Atlanta at nighttime. There are many people walking around town even past midnight in Japan because the crime rate is lower than it is here in the U.S. People don't worry as much as they do here in the U.S. about being robbed, kidnapped, etc. Unfortunately, Japan's crime rate in general is higher than it was before. I would here about murders in Japan happening with knives and such, but very rarely do I here about murders or other such crimes happening with firearms. But the crime rate is still much lower than compared to the U.S.' crime rate. Even though murders and other crimes can never be brought down to zero unless everyone's on Prozak 24 hours a day, I believe that the serious crimes would go down significantly if firearms are kept away from the public.
From reading the Stencel book, I have learned for the first time that the Second Amendment was not just the right to bear arms. The Stencel book tells us that the Second Amendment really states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people...